Tuesday, October 04, 2011

10/04/2011 - Lower Dog River

Launch: Home
Destination: Lower Dog River
Distance: 10.8 miles (round trip).
Time Pedaling: 2-3/4 ours
Weather: Sunny, temp 55-60 degrees, winds 0 mph at the start to about 10 mph out of the northeast at the finish of the trip. Tide just beginning to go out, current about 0.5 mph. Waves less than 1 foot. Water temp 75 degrees. (Down another 2 degrees).

Header Image is a photo of the Dog River Bridge reflection in the water.

Sunrise on Dog River.

Flock after flock of terns passed by and many were diving into the water to catch breakfast.

Down near the Rivershack Restaurant the birds were abundant as usual. Here is a yellow-crowned night heron. To see a unique mating dance view of a yellow-crowned night heron, Click Here. The award winning photo was taken by David Moynahan who lives just south of Tallahassee, FL.

A wet brown pelican prepares to take flight.

Snowy Egrets have black legs, a black beak and bright yellow feet.

 I associate yellow feet with yellow snow to remember it is a SNOWY Egret.

On the other hand, here is a bird with black feet and a yellow beak - a Great Egret.

Here is a view of both a Great Egret standing tall and a Snowy Egret crouched down.

A tri-colored heron fishing in the shallow mudflats south of the Beachcomber Marina.

I don't see many of these birds so I'm not sure whether it is a Clapper Rail or a King Rail.

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